The Duties of the Christian THE LATTER DAYS
Beginning scripture-- 2 TIM 3:1-7: Expand with 2 Esdras
1) Matt 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 are all CHRIST's response to
the questions asked Him by the desciples concerning the end of the age. Some have taken them to be the same as
the "seals" of Rev 6, and have mistakenly, I believe misunderstood.
(See the study "Seals, Trumps and Vials" in the Essay section)
These accounts do not differ in
substance from any other account in the WORD. Recall however, that the order they were given was precisely in answer
to their questions. They were true then, and they are a type for today. The events were fulfilled for that generation.
However they are like "the days of Noah" in the sense that they are a "type". Thus, we should not necessarily
use their ORDER as the standard by which we interpret any theory of the latter days. That is, any theory that disagrees
with CHRIST'S WORDS of both these 'signs' and the seals of Revelation should be summarily rejected.
2) We will not be gathered back unto Christ until:
A) The great apostasy is complete. 2
Thess 2:3, Dan 12:4 (run to and fro, Same word as in Job 1:7, 2,2 and Amos 8:10-12),
B) Satan himself as the antichrist will appear
2 Thess 2:3, Matt 24:24, Mk 13:22, 1Jn 2:18:
C) Antichrist (satan) sits in the temple of
God claiming that He is God. (2 Thess 2:4-5, Dan 11:36, Matt 24:15, Mk 13:14, Jn 5:43:
D) There are TWO "tribulations", (Matt24:29,
Mk 13:24, Lk 21:34). The first being of antichrist, which will be a big "revival" party (Matt 24:37, Dan 11:21-24, Rev
11:7-10). The second is the wrath of God (Matt 24:30-31, Dan 12:1-3, Rev 11:15-18.
E) The "saints perform judgement" (1 Cor 6:2
and Rev 20:4-6). This is not completed until after the 1000 year period of Rev 20:3 and v7. After that
time, God shall judge in the Great Judgement (Rev 20:11-15).
Do you now understand why the 'secret rapture' theory is such an abomination?
It teaches people to worship the first 'messiah' who appears 'at any moment'. As Jesus Himself said (Matt 24:24, Mk
13:22), satan is a deceiver. He wants to be worshipped (Isa 14:13-14, Matt 4:9, 2 Thess 2:4-5).
Jesus said "the First shall be last, and the last first (Matt 20:16, and many other places including Rev 1:17 and 22:13.
It makes sense now of the words of Christ in Mk 8:38, and Matt 7:21-23;
Those honest but decieved Christians who worship Satan as messiah
will not necessarily be thrown into the lake of fire, since it is during the millenium that "all will be taught
of God" (Deu 21:21, Isa 54:12, Jn 6:45). After the 1000 year teaching period, satan will again decieve many.
(Rev 20: 7-10) It is only AFTER everyone has heard the truth from Christ Himself, and have shown acceptance by their
works afterward (by not being deceived), they are judged by WORKS alone! NOT faith at this
time, for the time
of grace ended at Christs return. It will not take faith to believe anymore, for Christ will be with us (Rev 20:11-15).
The ones who overcame antichrist are the "chosen", or "elect", and not just "called". Remember Matt 20:16, 22:14,
1 Pet 2:9, and Rev 17:14!
Beloved, study the word for yourself. There is no glory among men for the ones who
teach the true Word of God as it is written. Christ Himself was hated of all the religious leaders. "You
will be hated of all men for my name's sake" (Luke 21:17), (but please read Luke 21:7-19).
If you know God's truth you will not be ashamed at His coming.